Champions of the Chesapeake-2018

On November 1, 2018, we gathered at Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, for the 5th annual Champions of the Chesapeake.




2018 featured keynote speaker Jeff Corwin.

International conservationist and host of Expedition Chesapeake, Jeff Corwin

Artist Larry Ringgold with one of his sculptures. Photo by Dennis Raulin.

With sculpture art by award-winning Chesapeake Bay driftwood artist Larry Ringgold.

This year we honored:

The Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program for its creative approach to conserve habitat and biodiversity across a 385,000-mile corridor in the Chesapeake.

Kristin Thomasgard-Spence

Accepted by Kristin Thomasgard-Spence

The Conservation Fund for its signature commitment to conserve naturally and culturally important land across the Chesapeake and along the John Smith Chesapeake Trail.

Larry Selzer

Accepted by Larry Selzer

Ecosystem Investment Partners for their leadership to create new models of working capacity to finance results-focused restoration and conservation here in the Chesapeake.

Nick Dilks

Accepted by Nick Dilks

This year’s sponsors:


Beveridge & Diamond                       Hogan Lovells

RBC            The Conservation Fund

      Bank of America    Campbell Foundation

                    M&T Bank          Spectra Integration                   

Molly Joseph Ward        Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc.

          Athens Paper       Herrington Harbour Marinas       Herrington On The Bay Catering

          The Martin Architectural Group          The Severn Companies   Shore Bancshares

Total Wine & More       Turner Sculpture

Art installations graciously provided by Larry Ringgold